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Myanmar high schools reopen after 7-week delay due to coronavirus

A teacher and students wearing face shields and masks attend a class while maintaining social distancing at a high school in Yangon, Myanmar, on July 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

YANGON (Kyodo) -- Myanmar on Tuesday partially reopened government schools after a seven-week delay to its normal academic calendar due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    A total of 3,772 government high schools that met COVID-19 health guidelines were allowed to reopen and start teaching grade 10 and 11 students, according to the health ministry.

    The remaining 2,058 government high schools that still lack preparatory measures will be reconsidered after thorough checks on improvements, it said.

    Reopening of middle school and primary students' classes at government schools is expected to be take place within the next four to eight weeks if the pandemic situation remains under control.

    It is unclear when the colleges, universities, private schools and kindergartens will be allowed to reopen.

    As Tuesday morning, Myanmar had a total of 341 confirmed COVID-19 cases with a relatively low death rate of only six.

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